A Texas jury on Friday ordered Infowars’ Alex Jones to pay a total of $49.3 million in damages to the parents of a first-grader who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, wrongly accusing the conspiracy theorist. government-orchestrated hoax. to tighten gun laws in the US.
The amount is less than the $150 million the US sought by Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, whose six-year-old son Jesse Lewis was among 19 children and six educators killed in the deadliest classroom shooting in US history.
The lawsuit marks the first time Jones has been held financially liable for spreading lies about the 2012 attack in Newtown, Conn.
Jurors first awarded Heslin and Lewis $4.1 million in damages, which Jones called a big win. But in the final stages of the two-week trial, the same Austin jury returned Friday and paid an additional $45.2 million in punitive damages.